The Katsina State Governor, Dr Ibrahim Shema, has said that the state has spent N800m on the new federal university located at Dutsinma(FUD) in Dutsima Local Government Area of the state.
This was contained in a statement issued by the state government.
“The state has expended the sum of about N800m on infrastructural development of the new federal university located in Dutsinma Local Council Area of the state. We have not only completed the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University, we have done expansion of some of the facilities, andwe have built more lecture theatres, procured more equipment for the institution. We promised to contribute N1bn to the university and we havespent well over N800m now. The school has started functioning. We are the first of the nine federal universities created by this administration to have our programmes accredited and to take off in record time,” he said.
Shema, who recently approved the payment of N330m out of the N450m earmarked for scholarships in the state, said that adequate attention would be given to Katsina indigenes that are desirous of tertiary education.
He disclosed that the amount represents the funds for about 200 indigenes of the state in foreign schools while the balance of the money would be expended on students in local institutions.
The governor added that courses like Medicine, Nursing , Arabic, Computer Education, Calligraphy and other areas of human endeavour, would receive more emphasis.
“We have improved and expanded facilities at the Umaru Musa Yar’Adua University to accommodate more students of the state and have also ensured that workers of all the tertiary institutions are given a bonus. We have done our own part and now the students should make use of the opportunity to better their lives,” he said.
On the area of girl- child education in the state, he said, “You see the motivation to support the girl-child education is something that is very obvious. You do the right thing first. In our society especially here in Northern Nigeria, a lot of girls don’t get the opportunity to go to school. And when they do, they stop mid way. One thing is to try and reduce poverty in Nigeria.
“Majority of parents in the state can’t afford to send their girl -child to school, secondly because of some social cultural issues that don’t encourage parents to allow their children to go to school. It’s a fact that we felt that we should encourage them especially with the policy of free education in the state, a lot of the children especially the girl-child will have the opportunity to go to school and then we felt that to educate the girl is to educate the nation and then we give them all the necessary support and assistance.”
He added that at the tertiary level, the state government had introduced cash grants and incentives along with UNICEF to girls. “We give them scholarships so as to encourage the girls to stay in school. For those that are in junior secondary school, the parents are encouraged especially the mothers, you know they are given some kind of support to ensure that they allow them stay in school. So girl -child education is a very important component in Nigeria not only in Katsina State and we must take it seriously, If we must grow,” he said.
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